Washington Closure Hanford Awards $1 Billion to Small Businesses

<p>Washington Closure Hanford</p>

Washington Closure Hanford

Washington Closure Hanford achieves a momentous contracting milstone while cleaning up Hanford's Columbia River Corridor.

It exceeds the most aggressive subtracting goals in the Department of Energy complex by awarding $1 billion to small businesses.

The River Corridor Closure Project started in 2005 and it's contract with the DOE requires that at least 65% of it's spending on this project must be with small businesses and it has exceeded those expectations by awarding 92%of it's spending to those small businesses.

Nearly $800 million was spent here in Washington state and nearly $600 million from that was spent right here in the Tri-Cities.

Gary Petersen, Vice President of Hanford Programs at the Tri-Cities Washington Development Council, said this is a great way to keep the community growing strong.

"It's great to say that local small businesses and small businesses in the state have done this work to achieve the river corridor being cleaned up," said Petersen. "For the first time since 1943, we may be able to get people out there to visit the site to see what's been going on and see how many buildings came down. It's a huge process."

The 220-square-mile River Corridor was home to Hanford's nine plutonium production reactors, fuel development facilities and hundreds of support structures.

They've demolished nearly 300 buildings, cleaned up about 450 waste sites and transportd and disposed of more than 9 million tons of waste.

Washington Closure Hanford is nearly 90% complete with it's work scope, which is the DOE's largest cleanup closure project.